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Sophie’s Candyland 5th Birthday Party September 28, 2012

I know it’s been FOREVER since my last post.  Once you read this post, you will see what I’ve been up to.  I’ve been working really hard on finalizing the details of Sophie’s Candyland birthday party.  To plan this party, I used Pinterest to “pin” a bunch of ideas.  I sorted through my pins and decided which ideas to use.  I did come up with a few original ideas, too!  I took the game board and made stations for each stop along the rainbow trail.  The party was a lot of fun!  I hope you enjoy reading about the party as much as I enjoyed putting it together!  The party has come and gone now, so here’s a peak at the details.

Singing Happy Birthday to Sophie!

DECORATIONS

I made a pennant banner that read “Candyland”.  I cut out triangles from scrapbook paper and used my brand new Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters.  I hot glued the banner to ribbon and taped it on the fireplace.

I made some fun paper plate lollipops.  To make these, I glued wooden dowels (from Hobby Lobby) to paper plates.  Then, I wrapped the plates in cellophane and tied it with ribbon.  We placed some of these plates in “Lolly’s Lollipop Woods” (the front yard) and taped some to the walls in the house.

I had some wooden letters that spelled out “SOPHIE” and “FIVE”.  I placed these on the mantle of the fireplace along with a canvas photo of Sophie.  The lollipop plate decorations and banner completed the design.

We decorated the front walkway and inside of the house with balloon lollipops.

 

I wrapped the plasticware in napkins and used candy necklaces as a napkin ring.

FOOD

I served pirate booty and caramel/cheese popcorn in these “snack” cups.  I dressed up these plain paper cups from Walmart with my alphabet stamps.  The cups read “snacks”.  I used leftover gumdrops and sprinkled them all over the snack station.

 

DESSERT

We labeled the dessert area “Cupcake Commons”.  I made four varieties of cupcakes for the party.

1 – Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese icing ~ topped with “popciles” made of Mike ‘n Ike’s and toothpicks.

2 – Lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon cream cheese icing ~topped with styrofoam wrapped “candies”.

3 – Funfetti cupcakes topped with canned blue icing ~ topped with rainbow airheads.

4 – Yellow cupcakes with raspberry flavored buttercream icing ~ topped with sprinkles.

   

I purchased three types of ice cream.  Sophie’s favorite is Superman.  I also served cookie’s and cream and raspberry sherbert with sprinkles.

LABELS

I created labels for the snacks, cupcakes, ice cream, drinks, and candy table.  I printed the labels on regular printer paper and made a tent out of black cardstock.  See picture above!

DRINKS

I found cute cupcake Duct tape at Target to decorate the water bottles.  No picture, sorry!

I wrapped the juice boxes in scrapbook paper and affixed a #5 that I cut out on my Cricut.    I pulled off the straws before wrapping the juice boxes, and used a glue dot to re-affix the straw to the back of the juice box.

I filled my beverage dispenser with a Sangria Punch.  I filled the cooler with water, pop, and extra juice boxes.

GLOPPY’s CHOCOLATE SWAMP

I tossed some fun-sized M&M’s into my girls’ teepee and labeled it “Gloppy’s Chocolate Swamp”.

PRINCESS FROSTINE’S SNOWFLAKE LAKE

I setup a table where the kids completed a snowflake craft.  I purchased paper snowflakes (from Hobby Lobby).  The kids decorated the snowflakes with sequins, bells, glitter glue, markers, puffy paint, pom pom balls, etc.  I covered most of the tables with white table clothes and lined the middle of the table with a construction paper rainbow trail.

 

LORD LICORICE’S FOREST

Lord Licorice’s Forest was setup at the dining room table.  I prepared cups of candy and fruit loops so the kids could make their own candy necklace.

 

GRAMMA NUT’S PEANUT ACRES

Sophie is allergic to peanuts, so I made Gramma Nut’s Peanut Acres into a BINGO station.  I found a shop on Ebay that was selling a Candyland Bingo game.  The kids really enjoyed this station.

   

MR. MINT’S PEPPERMINT FOREST

I made some peppermint ornaments to hang over the kitchen table.  Originally, the party was going to be outside and these were to be hung from the patio table umbrella.  We covered the table with a tablecloth and sprinkled peppermints and lifesavers over top of it.

 

RAINBOW TRAIL

I had my sister (thanks Cindy) color a rainbow trail with chalk along the front walkway leading up to the front door.  There was also a rainbow trail made of construction paper all over the foyer and kitchen.

   

GINGERBREAD TREE

I made a bunch of gingerbread men out of foam and decorated them with pom poms.  I decorated both sides so these guys could hang from the front tree.  I used tacks to hang a sign from the tree.

LOLLY’S GUESSING GAME

I created “Lolly’s Guessing Game”.  Each kid guessed how many lollipops were on the ball.  The closest guess won a miniature version of the decoration as their prize.  The kids wrote their guesses on cards from the Candyland game.  The guesses were placed in a shoe box decorated as a rainbow (from last valentine’s day).  The total number of dum dums was 165, and one lucky girl guessed 168.

   

GUMDROP PASS

I hung balloons upside down in a doorway and labled it “gumdrop pass”.

 

DRAWING FOR THE CANDYLAND GAME

I had everyone enter their names to win the Candyland game.  There was one lucky winner who went home with the game!

PHOTOBOOTH

My sister is a photographer and she contributed a Candyland themed photobooth.  We set this up in the upstairs hallway.  The kids LOVED getting their pictures taken with all the fun props.  This may have been the best part of the party!!

   

GOODY BAGS

As the party favor, each kid received one empty goody bag labeled with their name.  At the end of the party, the kids filled up their bags with the items displayed on the candy table.

To make the goody bags, I purchased plain white lunch bag sized bags.  I cut a strip of scrapbook paper and glued it to the bag.  Then, I used my Cricut to cut out chalkboard contact paper name tags.  (This was the very last project I will ever do on my Cricut because I’m replacing it with the Silhouette Cameo.  RIP Cricut, you have been good to me.)  I affixed the contact paper to the bag and wrote each guests name with a white chalk marker.

KING KANDY’s CANDY TABLE

Each item on King Kandy’s Candy table was labeled.  I really tried to find goodies that I could make look like candy so the table wasn’t entirely candy.  I purchased large pieces of polka dot decorated chalk (from Michaels).  I wrapped cellophane around the chalk and tied each end to look like a piece of taffy.  I purchased bouncy balls from Target and made these the “gum” balls.  I purchased some fun erasers that looked like candy sticks (also from Michaels).  I did have some candy on the table too, including lemon heads, gummy bears, mini gumball machines, laffy taffy, and pixie sticks.  I also had a jar of toothbrushes.  The sign read “Make sure to brush those teeth after a fun day at Sophie’s Candyland!”

     

There was a gumdrop wreath on the candy table.  In the center of the wreath, I included a message that read “Having you here was such a TREAT, please don’t leave without some SWEETS!”

I hung a snow cone garland from the candy table.  I created a backdrop made of square paper plates from Target.  I had some foam boards and I glued on the paper plates to create the backdrop.  I think it turned out pretty awesome!

GUMDROP MOUNTAINS WITH JOLLY

Well, due to rain and wind, we had to move the party inside.  We were going to have a bounce house in the backyard which would have been Gumdrop Mountains with Jolly.  I hung the sign over the cooler instead.  Not as much fun, but Jolly was still represented!

A HUGE THANKS TO MY SISTER CINDY WHO HELPED SETUP THE PARTY.  SHE ALSO TOOK ALL THE PICTURES AND SETUP THE PHOTOBOOTH!!!!  THANKS TO MY MOM WHO HELPED ME PUT TOGETHER SOME LAST MINUTE DECORATIONS.  LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!

 

 

Apple Theme Birthday Party August 23, 2012

My daughter turned two last week!  To celebrate, we rented a lake house in Wisconsin for the weekend.  We invited our family to join in the celebration.  Molly loves apples, so I thought an apple themed birthday party would be cute and amazing.  She LOVED LOVED LOVED it!  I felt enormous amounts of joy each and every time she would point out an “apple” at the party.  I opted to soften up the colors of the party by replacing “red” with “pink”.

 

Each guest had a sign on their bedroom door welcoming them to the lake house.

 

I used the letters “TWO” as a centerpiece on the mantle.  I hung pink and green balloons and covered the mantle with streamers.  This was one of my favorite decorations of all!

 

 

I hung streamers from the light fixture – not the best picture, sorry!

 

 

I purchased paper lanterns and made them into apples.  I scattered them throughout the house.  Another one of my favorite decorations!  This idea was inspired by an “apple of our eye party” I found on Pinterest.  You should check out the link, the apple of our eye party was amazing!

 

 

Here is the drink station.

 

The drink station included mason jars with chalkboard contact paper stickers.  I placed a piece of chalk next to the jars for our guests to label their glasses.  I lined the top of the mason jars with scrapbook paper to match the theme.

 

Duct tape comes in so many colorful and fun patterns these days.  Pinterest inspired my duct tape embellished water bottles.  I’ve always wanted to decorate my water bottles with the adorable paper printables you can purchase on Etsy, etc.  I never pulled the trigger because I figured once the water bottles were placed in a cooler with ice, the wrapper would get ruined.  The great thing about using duct tape is that it can get wet and still look cute!

 

Check out the apple jack garland!  My five year old helped me put this together.  We used pipe cleaners to string the apple jacks (much easier than yarn or string).  We tied the pipe cleaners together to make a long garland!

 

I filled clear vases with green apples, tied ribbon around the vase, and added some white flowers to the top.  I found this idea on Pinterest.

 

I covered the tables with white tableclothes.  I used 12 x 12 pieces of pink checker scrapbook paper for the place mats.  I completed the place setting with a green paper plate and green napkins filled with pink plasticware secured by a polka dot ribbon.

 

I tied the favors to the back of the chairs.  The favor included an apple peck basket filled with apple chips, apple hand soap, apple candy, and an apple cake pop.  This idea was inspired (AGAIN) by the  “apple of our eye party” I found on Pinterest.

 

I served a taco buffet for dinner.  We had beef and chicken tacos, guacamole, rice, etc.  It was delicious.  I even used a Pinterest recipe for crockpot chicken tacos.  They turned out really great.  I can’t wait to make them again!  Notice the tent labels I created for all the food items!

 

The dessert table was the highlight of the party.  I prepared a crazy amount of sweets for this party.  We had apple cupcakes, apple cake pops, apple pie, apple jacks in pails, and apple cookies!

 

We ended the party with gifts!

 

This is by far my favorite party I’ve ever planned.  Now I’m on to planning my other daughter’s Candyland party!  Do I dare top the apple party?  I will try!